The release of Zend Studio Version 7.0 comes as PHP, one of the most popular dynamic scripting languages, continues to grow in popularity. PHP has been making significant inroads into the enterprise, according to industry analysts.
вЂњWeвЂ™ve come a long way from the days when people used PHP to create little counters on Web sites,вЂќ Mitchell said. вЂњI think the reason for that is the Zend Framework is a more professionally run open source project, and the emphasis on full unit test of every single component. With a solid set of tests, people could be confident that it wasnвЂ™t going to regress. The quality is what has brought a lot of people to the table.вЂќ
The popularity of PHP among enterprise developers reflects the growing importance of web development in those environments, said Redmonk analyst Michael CotГ©. вЂњThere's a whole generation of developers who are вЂWeb developers,вЂ™вЂќ he said, вЂњmeaning that their primary UI is the Web. Web applications are simply how new application development is done nowadays, no matter what side of the firewall you're on. PHP, of course, has long been one of the quick, easy, and effective ways to develop web apps, so it's little wonder that corporate developers would have more interest in PHP, especially as the .Net/Java mind-share hegemony has been loosening up of late.вЂќ
ZendвЂ™s Mitchell agreed: вЂњPHP is really gaining a lot of ground in real companies,вЂќ he said. вЂњGE, Fox Interactive, and lots of companies are looking at PHP simply because itвЂ™s a better technology for them to do these Web-facing apps.вЂќ
The Zend Server integration of the Studio tools and the Framework is another sign of PHPвЂ™s evolution into the enterprise, said Cote. вЂњThe serverвЂ™s roadmap has seen it move more and more into the general application server category of late,вЂќ he said, вЂњwhich fits, conceptually, with the what corporate developers expect on the backend of their applications: some sort of container or runtime that their applications not only вЂliveвЂ™ in, but laced with services (like message buses) that their applications use.вЂќ
Version 7.0 of the Zend Studio IDE adds support for the latest version of PHP (v5.3) and integrates more fully with the Zend Framework and ZendвЂ™s Web app server product, among other enhancements. The new version of ZendвЂ™s open source, object-oriented Web-app Framework (v1.9) also supports PHP 5.3, and adds automated routing and detection of RESTful web services, messaging enhancements, support for Microsoft Active Directory, and new unit-testing capabilities.
CotГ© said ZendвЂ™s decision to include message queues and REST improvements in its Framework is also a noteworthy step. "As you get more into the enterprise these are the parts of a framework developers need: SOAP-driven SOA components have been in there a long time, but shoring up REST APIs aligns well with how many developers prefer to code SOAs,вЂќ he said.
The list of new features in Zend Framework 1.9 includes:Complete PHP 5.3 support. (also supports PHP 5.2)Support for RESTful web servicesSupport for message queuing services: Amazon SQS, MemcacheQ, ApacheMQUpdated LDAP protocol support for Microsoft ActiveDirectory and Novell eDirectorySupport for RSS and Atom feeds via a common API and higher performance cached HTTPDBUnit capabilities added to database testing
The Zend Framework 1.9 is available now for download.
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